Stories and characters loved by many are the stars of this week’s new releases. Two films based on popular books make their way onto the big screen this weekend. The latest installment in the Alien franchise is making its debut.
Couples aboard a spaceship set out to colonize a planet in Alien: Covenant. As they venture into the uncharted world, they discover that the seemingly isolated territory has deadly secrets. Ridley Scott directed the sci-fi adventure starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby and James Franco. The two hour and two minute action film is rated R for violence, language, sex and nudity.
The Heffley family hits the road in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. On the way to his grandmother’s 90’s birthday party, Greg has a mastermind plan to get his parents to detour to a video game convention. The PG comedy stars Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone. The film plays for one hour and thirty-one minutes.
A teenage girl suffers from a debilitating disease in which going outside her sterilized environment can make her deathly ill in Everything, Everything. A new neighbor opens up her heart and her world, making her want to risk sickness to experience life beyond the walls of her home. The one hour and thirty-six minute romantic drama is based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. The film is rated PG-13.
More familiar characters are back on the big screen next week. The latest film in the Pirate of the Caribbean series and the Baywatch movie enter theaters on Memorial Day weekend.
Audiences will be on the edge of their seats if they venture out to theaters to see this week’s new releases. The thrillers making their debut focus on the tensions brought about by secrets, crime and the lack of privacy from social media technology.
An enthusiastic young woman’s dream comes true when she is hired at a social media company in The Circle. As a rising star at the company, she is asked to participate in an experiment that ends up putting her life and the lives of those closest to her under a microscope. The PG-13 suspense thriller stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. It runs for one hour and fifty minutes.
A ladies man finds out that his rich, 80-year-old wife is leaving him for a younger man in How to Be a Latin Lover. Kicked out of the mansion he once called home, he stays with his estranged sister and her young son. While he searches for a new sugar mama, he teaches his nephew the art of seduction. Salma Hayek, Eugenio Derbez, Raphael Alejandro, Kristen Bell and Rob Lowe star in the PG-13 comedy. The limited released film plays for one hour and fifty-five minutes.
Following the death of his mother, a little boy becomes a mute in Voice from the Stone. A young nurse moves into his castle home, determined to cure him. As she tends to him, she is haunted by the mysteries that surround the castle. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke stars in the one hour and thirty minute suspense drama. The limited released film is rated R for sex and nudity.
Following the death of his parents, an aspiring street magician becomes responsible for his younger sister in Sleight. Struggling for money, he enters a life of crime to provide the means to care for her. When his sister is kidnapped, he uses his magic skills to get her back. The limited released drama is running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty minutes. It’s rated R for language, drugs and violence.
Next week, a cult favorite is back in theaters with a sequel. Stay tuned for next week’s Trailer Park for information on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez and director Werner Herzog each have two films entering theaters this weekend. Rodriguez, among many other celebrities, lends her voice to the latest Smurf film.
Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty go on a mission to find out if the legend and that there’s another town of Smurfs out there is true in Smurfs: The Lost Village. When they come in contact with the secret village, they must warn their newfound friends of the evil Gargamel. The PG animated adventure features the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Gordon Ramsay, Gabriel Iglesias, Tituss Burgess, Jeff Dunham and Jake Johnson. It plays for one hour and thirty minutes.
Following his sister’s death, a man is entrusted to look after his 7-year-old niece with extraordinary mathematical abilities in Gifted. He is determined to give her a normal childhood, but when his mother finds out about her granddaughter’s genius, she tries to take her away from him to further the young girl’s academic skills. Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer star in the PG-13 drama. The film plays for one hour and forty-one minutes.
Three old friends, strapped for cash, contemplate robbing a bank in Going in Style. They set their sights on the financial institution that took away their pension fund. The PG-13 comedy stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King, Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd. The Zach Braff directed film plays for one hour and thirty-six minutes.
While the men are out serving in World War II, a British woman is given the opportunity to be a screenwriter for a propaganda film in Their Finest. With death and destruction surrounding them, the film crew forms a bond as they are tasked to promote hope during tough times. The comedic drama runs for one hour and fifty-seven minutes. It’s rated R for language and sex.
Queen of the Desert is the true story of Gertrude Bell, an early 20th century British woman who had a major role in the development of Iran after World War I. The two hour and eighteen minute drama shows her dangerous journey through the Middle East. Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson star in the Werner Herzog directed film. The PG-13 biopic is available in limited theaters.
A doctor seeks revenge on the man who killed her brother in The Assignment. While under the knife, she turns him into a woman. Now, he’s out to seek retribution. Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia star in the limited released suspense film. It’s rated R for nudity, violence, sex, language and drugs.
After being fired from her job and booted from her apartment, a down-on-her-luck woman returns to her hometown in Colossal. She soon discovers that she has unknowingly taken the identity of a monster and that her actions have a major impact on the world. The limited released comedic adventure stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. The one hour and fifty minute film is rated R for language.
A man, on the verge of becoming a grandfather, finds out that his wife and daughter died in a plane accident in Aftermath. Distraught by the news, he feels that the best way to cope with the tragedy is to personally seek out an apology from the air traffic controller responsible for the accident. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the limited released dramatic thriller based on real events. The one hour and thirty-two minute film is rated R for violence.
A scientist is captured and left with two blind boys in the salt flats of Bolivia in Salt and Fire. The unrated thriller is directed by Werner Herzog stars Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal and Veronica Ferres. It’s playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-eight minutes.
A skeptical journalist sets out to find the truth behind Jesus’ crucifixion in The Case for Christ. He goes in search of historical evidence to prove whether or not the event that is the foundation of Christianity actually did take place. The PG drama is based on real events and Lee Strobel’s book. It runs for one hour and fifty-two minutes.
Michelle Rodriguez also has another film entering theaters next week, the newest installment in the The Fast and Furious series titled The Fate of the Furious. An animated monkey tale, Spark: A Space Tail is also being released on April 14.
There’s an interesting mix of films entering theaters this weekend, from a real life drama to a live action Japanese Manga and an animated talking baby. Alec Baldwin puts his Donald Trump impression to the side to be the voice of a baby in a suit.
Things change for a 7-year-old when his parents bring home a new baby in The Boss Baby. The new addition to the family is not the average newborn. He talks, wears a suit and starts a campaign against a puppy company CEO. The PG animated comedy features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. It plays for one hour and thirty-seven minutes.
Following a crash, a woman is transformed into a robot in Ghost in the Shell. When a terrorist threatens to manipulate humanity, she realizes she must use her cyber abilities to try to stop the destruction. As she trains for battle, she uncovers the truth about her existence. Scarlett Johansson stars in the PG-13 action drama. The one hour and forty-six minute film is based on the Japanese Manga of the same name.
A woman, who takes care of the animals at the Warsaw Zoo, has a major impact on the lives of many Polish citizens in The Zookeeper’s Wife. During the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Antonina Żabińska put her life on the line to protect her neighbors from the Nazis by letting them hide in the zoo. The limited released drama stars Jessica Chastain and is based on real events. The two hour and five minute biopic is rated PG-13.
Strange things happen when two girls are left by themselves at their prep school during a break in The Blackcoat’s Daughter. During that same time, another young woman has a mysterious urge to get to the facility. Evil takes over as the two stories collide. Emma Roberts stars in the horror film alongside Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly and James Remar. It’s running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-five minutes.
Another Roberts family member has a film debuting next week. Emma Roberts’ aunt, Julia, is one of the voices in the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village, entering theaters on April 7. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin’s latest, Going in Style, is also being released next week alongside Chris Evans’ drama Gifted.
The chilling trailer for the new movie remake of Stephen King’s It was released on Wednesday, March 29.
The trailer begins with a little boy chasing a paper boat down the street on a rainy day. After following the boat past a street barricade where it sinks into a sewer, the boy comes face to face with Pennywise the Clown.
From there, the film shows the famed Losers Club trying to track down the clown by watching old home movies only to realize the projector has been possessed by It. We’re also treated to a few other terrifying images including one of the Losers Club members hallucinating a little boy in a sewer. Not scary at all.
USA Today noted that the movie is set to be released Sept. 8 and stars Bill Skarsgard as the infamous monster.
You can watch the trailer below, but do yourself a favor. Learn from my mistakes and don’t watch it late at night in the dark.
The movie will follow a teenaged Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, as he struggles through high school while also dealing with his newfound superpowers. He gets help along the way from his friends, as well as some new allies, such as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., as Parker tries to prove himself worthy of a spot in the coveted Avengers squad.
The trailer shows Iron Man and Spider-Man working together to save New York City from The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. This is the first time the villain will appear in a movie, as reported by E! News. The Vulture is an engineer-turned-villain who builds a suit capable of flight to take over the city. Will Spider-Man be able to stop him, with the help of Iron Man? We’ll just have to wait and see!
While Peter Parker and Tony Stark get majority of the screen time in the trailer, there are a few other faces as well, including a little cameo from Captain America. Zendaya is shown very little in the trailer, as her character, Michelle, is kept tightly under wraps until the film comes out. But one thing is for sure: Michele will not be the next girl-next-store, like Mary Jane Watson.
Favorite film characters are back on the big screen this weekend. The sequel to the cult classic Trainspotting is entering theaters. Plus, a tale as old as time gets a new look as Disney’s 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast is revamped.
The love story of Belle and Beast is recreated with live action in Disney’s newest film, Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson plays Belle, a young woman taken captive by an angry beast living in a castle. The two form an unlikely relationship as she sees beyond his monstrous exterior. Dan Stevens co-stars as Beast in the PG romantic drama alongside Sir Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. The musical family film plays for two hours and nine minutes.
Over twenty years after the original Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting is hitting theaters. It’s a homecoming for Mark in the one hour and twenty-seven minute drama which brings the old gang of Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie back together. Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle reprise their roles in the one hour and fifty-seven minute drama. It’s rated R for drugs, language, sex, nudity and violence.
A corporate office is turned upside down when a person comes over the PA system and tells the workers that someone must kill three people or six of them will die in The Belko Experiment. The coworkers turn on each other as they’re locked in a dangerous game with no way out. The horror film runs for one hour and twenty-eight minutes. It’s rated R for violence, language, sex and drugs.
The music scene of Austin, Texas, is the setting for the romantic drama Song to Song. The two hour and twenty-five minute film follows the relationships of two couples, two wannabe songwriters and a music executive and waitress, as they navigate through their love affair amidst the lure of rock ‘n’ roll. Academy Award nominees Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman star in the limited released film alongside Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. The film is rated R for sex, nudity, drugs and language.
Like Beauty and the Beast, another set of popular 90’s children’s characters are making their way to the big screen next week. Power Rangers heads into theaters on March 24. The late 70’s TV show Chips was revamped and will also be available in theaters starting next Friday.
“I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. In the name of all that is good, your wrath upon this world is over,” announces Gal Gadot in the newest Wonder Woman trailer.
The newest trailer teased its audience with Diana’s backstory as it showed how she trained to be a warrior on her home island. When a World War II pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on the island of Themyscira, Diana believes that Ares, the God of War, is responsible for the war. To stop it, she leaves her home island and heads for London, which she claims is “hideous.”
Gadot first released the trailer on Twitter after promising fans a surprise regarding the film at the Kid’s Choice Awards on March 11.
The intensity is high among this week’s new releases. Secrets are uncovered and people are running for their lives. King Kong returns to the big screen in a new heart pounding adventure.
A group of scientists and adventure seekers venture to an untapped, remote island in Kong: Skull Island. There, they come in contact with the gigantic and dangerous gorilla, Kong. Soon their mission for discovery becomes a battle for survival. The PG-13 adventure stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly. The action film is running in conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters for one hour and fifty-eight minutes.
After being left a diary in a will, a mild-mannered, isolated man is forced to come to terms with his troubled past in The Sense of an Ending. The book brings to light secrets about his first love and best friend that he kept tucked away for years. The PG-13 drama runs for one hour and forty-eight minutes.
A woman, who is both a personal shopper and medium, struggles with the loss of her twin brother in Personal Shopper. Troubled by her brother’s recent death, she frequents his Paris home, searching for a sign from him. Kristen Stewart stars in the one hour and forty-five minute dramatic thriller. The film is rated R for language, sex, nudity and violence.
An evil, vindictive preacher torments and tortures the women of his church in Brimstone. He targets a young woman who was falsely accused of a crime. She refuses to become his victim and goes to great lengths to keep herself and her daughter safe. Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten and Kit Harington star in the limited released western thriller. This limited released film runs for two hours and twenty-eight minutes. It’s rated R for violence, sex, nudity and language.
A filmmaker attempts to open the door to the inner workings of Scientology in My Scientology Movie. As he’s creating the documentary, he discovers that Scientology has turned the camera on him. The unrated film is playing in limited theaters for one hour and forty minutes.
A young woman from a family of veterinarians and vegetarians decides to follow in her family’s footsteps and heads to veterinary school in Raw. While there, she gets involved in a meat-eating hazing which opens up her appetite for animal flesh. The limited released horror film runs for one hour and thirty-eight minutes. It’s rated R for grisly images, sex, nudity, language and drugs.
King Kong may be planning to dominate the box office this weekend, but another beast is sure to give him a challenge next week. Disney’s highly-anticipated live action Beauty and the Beast is set to debut on March 17.
Audiences can run through the gamut of emotions with the films entering theaters this weekend. Those looking for an action-packed adventure, an uplifting drama, a light-hearted comedy or a mystery will have something new to see. Marvel fan favorite Wolverine headlines a new X-Men film, Logan.
A fatigued Wolverine is hiding out near the Mexican border and taking care of a sick Professor X in Logan. His plan to isolate himself from society is turned upside down when a young mutant, chased by evil forces, heads into town. Hugh Jackman stars in the sci-fi adventure. The action film is running in conventional, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters for two hours and fifteen minutes. It’s rated R for violence, language and nudity.
A woman decides to attend her ex-boyfriend’s sister’s wedding in Table 19. Realizing she’s stuck at the loser table since being dumped by the best man, she thinks that the night can’t get any worse, but love may be on the horizon and her tablemates will help guide her. The PG-13 comedic drama stars Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant and Tony Revolori. It plays for one hour and twenty-seven minutes.
A man is distraught after losing his young daughter in The Shack. Angry and upset, he begins to question his faith and falls into a depression. One day, he finds a letter in his mailbox that directs him to a shack in the Oregon woods. There, he finds three strangers that help bring hope back into his life. Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer star in the PG-13 drama. The film plays for two hours and twelve minutes.
A teenager with a seemingly perfect life begins to question how great it really is in Before I Fall. After one eventful night, she wakes up to find out that her day is replaying over and over again. As each day begins and ends exactly the same way, she begins to reevaluate how she’s been treating others and what really is important in her life, hoping that she’ll be able to see another day. The PG-13 drama is based on the Lauren Oliver novel of the same name. The mystery film runs for one hour and thirty-nine minutes.
If you see Logan this weekend, don’t put your 3D glasses away just yet. Next week, the action-packed new King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island enters 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.